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Homework Help: Electric field

  1. Oct 24, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A point charge of -2 micro coulomb is located at the origin ,a second charge point of 6 micro coulomb is at x= 1m and y= 0.5 m
    Find the x and y coordinates of the position where the electric field is zero

    2. Relevant equations
    E=κq/ r^2 multiplied by unit vector

    3. The attempt at a solution
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 24, 2012 #2
    You need to show us you've at least tried to solve it!
  4. Oct 24, 2012 #3
    I supposed that there is another point (p) where the electric field is zero
    E1= kq1/r1^2 *unit vector
    E2 = kq2/r2^2 * unit vector then tried to solve them but there is many unknown
  5. Oct 24, 2012 #4
    There's something else you can say about the point where the field is zero. It must be somewhere on a straight line between the two charges.
    So how can you work out exactly where? (The field from each charge falls off as the square of the distance.)

    Make a diagram. Draw the two charges, then draw a line between them. Mark a point on that line and call it the zero point. At that point, the field from each charge will be exactly equal and opposite so you can use the 1/r2 law to work out where it is.
    After that it's just a bit of Pythagoras to work out the co-ordinates.
  6. Oct 24, 2012 #5
    How can I use the inverse law if I don't have the distance of both
  7. Oct 24, 2012 #6
    Call the distance from the point to the first charge R1, call the distance to the second R2.
    Then R1 + R2 is the total distance between the charges and 2/R12 = 6/R22 from the inverse square law.
    Two equations, two unknowns so you have a pair of simultaneous equations to work out what R1 and R2 must be.
  8. Oct 24, 2012 #7
    Ok now Ive got the distanace now i need the x and y coordinates
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